Photo Review – The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

Summary: Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

Source: I purchased a paperback

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I enjoyed this one, but it was ultimately forgettable. I have confused the plot with other yacht kind of murder mystery suspense novels a few times, so it didn’t stand out at all. Still, it was fun while reading it and I did enjoy the twist. Great “beach read” kind of book, but nothing spectacular.


Photo Review – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote

Summary: On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

Source: I purchased a paperback

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I read this to complete the True Crime prompt in the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and because it has always seemed like an interesting book.

I had no knowledge of the crime and I liked that it was written in a way that set the scene and tone. It felt like reading a fiction novel, which is always how I prefer my nonfiction to be.

It was shocking and interesting without the normal sensationalized sort of true crime style. I definitely recommend it!

Photo Review – Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never

By Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Summary: #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless joins forces with the New York Times bestselling author of Mud Vein. Together, they have created a gripping, romantic tale unlike any other. “How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”

Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning…they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished. “I don’t care what our real first kiss was,” he says. “That’s the one I want to remember.”

Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.

“I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie.”

Source: I purchased a kindle copy of the complete series.

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I really enjoyed the book, but I highly recommend buying the complete series, even if you already own part 1 because it’s more cost effective and if you don’t have the rest, the cliffhanger for each part is super terrible. Just have all of the parts and save yourself the angst! I feel terrible for anyone who began this back when the whole series hadn’t been completed.

The epilogue was the only part of the series I hated, but if I pretend it isn’t there, the series was amazing! It was angsty like a Hoover book and screwed up like a Fisher book and their powers combined worked well.

Photo Review – The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood

By Melissa Albert

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Source: I received a hardcover in an Owlcrate box.

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The pacing was definitely off on this one.

I had no real expectations, knew that it was disappointing to some people, and that most of the plot took place in the “real world” and so it wasn’t the dark fairy tale the synopsis sort of had you believe. I thought I went into the book with the right frame of mind since I knew what not to expect.

Still, it was slow and oddly paced, with most of the action coming near the very end out of nowhere.

I like the actual plot, I just wished we got someone else’s point of view or something to help speed it up and add intrigue. The main character was almost determined to be as uninteresting and uninterested as possible.

The book ended up being really good with a strong ending, but the pacing and POV dragged it down overall.

Photo Review – Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn (Empirium #1)

By Claire Legrand

Summary: Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

Source: I received a digital copy from Netgalley

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Furyborn had an interesting plot, but it was hard to get into and it took some time before all of the pieces came together. Rielle and Eliana were both unlikable characters, too, making it more difficult to truly connect until the book picked up in pace and the story came together. The last half of the book was better and action packed, but it was tough to get to that point.

If you can make it to the 50% mark, it pays off.

Photo Review – Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3)

By Alwyn Hamilton

Summary: When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

Source: I purchased a kindle copy

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Photo Review – Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)

By Alwyn Hamilton

Summary: Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

Gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

Source: I purchased a kindle copy.

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I really enjoyed this one, but it was a little less stellar than book 1.